13 Facts About Atul Kochhar


Atul Kochhar was born on 31 August 1969 and is an Indian-born, British-based chef and television personality.


Atul Kochhar opened his own restaurant Benares, which won him a second Michelin star in 2007.


Atul Kochhar makes regular appearances on television shows, and has written a number of cookbooks: Simple Indian, Fish, Indian Style, Curries of the World, and 30 Minute Curries.


Atul Kochhar was born in Jamshedpur, India, and began his cooking career at The Oberoi Group of hotels in India.


Atul Kochhar gained his diploma in Hotel Management from The Institute of Hotel Management Chennai.


In June 1993 Atul Kochhar graduated to the five star deluxe Oberoi Hotel in New Delhi.


In January 1994 Atul Kochhar moved to the restaurant of chef Bernard Kunig.

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Atul Kochhar continued his cooking career and in January 2001 at the age of 31, Atul Kochhar was the first Indian chef to be awarded a Michelin star.


Atul Kochhar was fired from London's Benares restaurant in 2018 after sending a series of anti-Islamic tweets to actress Priyanka Chopra.


Atul Kochhar opened the restaurant Kanishka in March 2019 on London's Maddox Street.


Atul Kochhar has been featured on BBC2's television series Million Pound Menu.


Atul Kochhar previously presented a series called Curry on with Atul Kochhar on the B4U network and a series on Malaysia called Kochhar's Spice Kitchen.


Atul Kochhar appeared in Masterchef Goes Large, season two and BBC2's Great British Menu in a bid to create a menu in honour of the Queen's 80th Birthday.